Pitch Behind T-Mobile-Sprint Merger: Keep Up With China in 5G [telecom]

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With the U.S. and China vying for tech leadership, the two companies argue
their union is crucial in the race to develop faster mobile internet.

by Raymond Zhong

BEIJING - As tensions rise between the United States and China in the
high-tech realm, even a merger of two American wireless providers has
become entangled in fears about losing international competitiveness.

T-Mobile and Sprint announced on Sunday that they would combine. By
joining forces, the two mobile carriers said, they would help ensure
that American companies remained world leaders in the coming era of
fifth-generation wireless technology, or 5G.


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